The last busted myth we will get into is the one where many publication & media outlets, especially ESPN, ranked the Jets dead last in their initial power rankings. There is no rational basis for this ranking to begin with. The year before they were 6-10 not 2-14. They were 6-10 because their best player on offense (Santonio Holmes) and defense (Darrelle Revis) were lost to season-ending injuries leaving the Jets without a way to replace their production. They were 6-10 because the owner brought in Tim Tebow and it was a huge distraction that no team could overcome. The pieces were there and reinforcements were coming with seven draft picks including two first round picks. You could not believe in the picks or the culture here but no one could rationally say that the Jets were worse than the Raiders or Jaguars. No one.
Here they are at 4-3 and in the top half of the league. That could change tomorrow and the team could enter into a skid but they will still be better than Jacksonville and the Giants among others at the bottom of the league. This team has young talent and is overachieving a little because of a coach who inspires players to be their best and used these rankings as a season-long rallying cry.
This is only the beginning. Next year brings about $30-40 million in cap space and 10 draft packs including two 3rd round picks. The future is bright and don’t let anyone tell you different.